Originally published by Engineering News

Vexila designs, manufactures and supplies a wide range of composite insulators, composite cut-outs and a variety of line hardware products for electrical rail, transmission and distribution overhead power line infrastructure.

Established over 45 years ago, Vexila was founded as Hardware Assemblies before being acquired by the German- Swiss PFISTERER Group in 2003, a move that significantly advanced the company’s research and development capabilities and expanded its product range. In 2018, South African company Thesele Group acquired the business, rebranding it as Vexila and propelling it to become one of the largest manufacturers in the rail, transmission and distribution industry in Africa.

Vexila prides itself on operating an innovative, vertically integrated manufacturing facility, equipped with efficient in-house processes and technology-driven equipment.

Situated in Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu- Natal, South Africa, Vexila’s manufacturing facilities include:

  • Silicone rubber injection moulding
  • Gravity cast aluminium and ductile iron foundries
  • Helical wireform production plant
  • Fibreglass reinforced polymer core pultrusion plant
  • A state-of-the-art tool and die development and manufacturing facility

Vexila is renowned as one of the few international companies to offer complete string assembly solutions, including hardware components and composite insulators, tested and qualified for up to 400 kV system voltage levels.

Its in-house technologies include:

  • Silicone Rubber Injection Moulding
  • Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Rod Plant
  • Rubber Blending Plant
  • A toolroom featuring a range of sophisticated machinery
  • Wireform Plant
  • In-house testing facilities

Vexila is an ISO 9001:2015 cer tified company, having gained its initial certification through the German Accreditation Company DQS in 2001. Vexila’s highly-skilled team of engineers has the expertise to design, plan, manufacture, manage and execute complex overhead line (OHL) and overhead traction equipment (OHTE) supply projects, providing total solutions to the highest international quality standards.